A total of 322 people were killed and 759 injured in 272 accidents on roads and waterways during Eid travels over the past 13 days.
Of them, 254 were killed and 696 injured in 214 road accidents.
This was revealed at a press conference organised by Bangladesh Jatri Kalyan Samity, an association for the welfare of the passengers, at the capital’s Dhaka Reporters’ Unity (DRU) auditorium.
The passengers’ welfare association said it formed monitoring cell to record accidents on the road and waterways from 28 August to 9 September.
The cell prepared its report based on news reports of 22 national dailies, six regional dailies and 10 news websites.
According to the association’s report, the most road accidents and most casualties took place in four days from 1 September to 4 September. In these four days, 80 people were killed and 275 injured in 60 road accidents.
The largest Muslim festival, Eid-ul-Azha, was celebrated in the country on 2 September. About 10 million people leave the capital city of Dhaka for their village homes to celebrate the two Eid festivals.
Reading out the monitoring report, association secretary general Md Mozammel Haque Chowdhury said the association has been monitoring accidents during Eid journeys over the last four years.
He said the media this time gave wide coverage on the possible plight of Eid travel and so people began their Eid trips earlier than usual. This helped reduce accidents.
He said the people faced more accidents on their way back to Dhaka this time.
He also said a total of 248 people were killed and 1056 injured in some 193 accidents during Eid-ul-Fitr in 2016.